South Carolina boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of South Carolina. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of South
Department of Natural Resources
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||South Carolina issues both registrations and titles for all boats
operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Department of
Natural Resources in Columbia. This state also provides registrations and titles on
outboard motors of 5hp or greater. Registration and titling are required for boat
trailers weighing over 2,500 lbs. They are optional for those weighing less.
|Marking Requirements||South Carolina boat registration numbers begin with an "SC" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display an owner designated vessel name and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
South Carolina registration is required on all non-exempt motorized boats. Coast
Guard vessels are not subject to registration. Other exemptions include windsurfers, watercraft,
canoes, and kayaks propelled only by
human power with oars, paddles or similar devices.
South Carolina has provisions conditional boat registrations when the boat was previously registered in South Carolina. when there is insufficient proof of ownership. in all other cases it will be necessary to petition a local court of law for an award of ownership.
|Ownership and Liens||South Carolina issues titles on all registered boats except for
those which are Coast Guard Documented. This state has provisions for bonded titles
on boats previously registered in South Carolina when there is insufficient proof of
ownership. It will otherwise be necessary to petition a local court of law for an
award of ownership.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in South Carolina are maintained by the
Department of Natural Resources. This agency does provide preliminary online title
searches for the general public. Complete record printouts may be obtained by
submitting a boat record request form. It is also reported that the registration
office will check hull numbers by telephone and verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Preliminary Online Title Check
Boat Record Request Form
UCC Online Search
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||South Carolina Department of Natural Resources|
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